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Monday, October 5, 2009


My ratings: 4 Stars

Cuisine: Japanese
Location: 170-03-59 Gurney plaza, Penang
Non Halal
RM25-40 per person

The beauty is its simplicity. Kozue is fast gaining popularity among the Japanese community as the place to dine that is close to a home cooked meal. So much so that the owners caters to Japanese businessman and expatriates, offering different menu daily (not in restaurant menu) and with special request from its customers (favourite dish) so that they are never home sick for traditional meal just like their wives and mother used to cook

The restaurant is beautifully decorated, true to a chic Japanese modern deco of black and white hues. The menu is a work of art with most of the food items beautifully illustrated.

I was introduced to this restaurant by CK Lam and was asked to try their Ume Chazuke (RM8.00). It is basically a bowl of rice topped with pieces of ume plum and seaweed. It is served with a pot of green tea. The green tea is not to direct as is but to be poured over the rice right before eating. Wonderful! The heat from the green tea infuse with the sour of the ume plum is just heavenly. It is hard to believe that something so simple can be novel, exciting, delicious and healthy all at the same time. I recommend it.

We also ordered Hijiki (very healthy seaweed) Inaniwa Udon (Inaniwa Udon is the thinner version of the Udon) RM19.00++, Kimuchi Udon (RM16.00++, Avocado Maki (RM4.00++), Unagi Tempura set and Chicken Miso Tsukeyaki set. All of which are beautifully prepared and delicious.

The owners of Kozue previously opened another well known Japanese restaurant in town before getting their hands dirty in Kozue. Majority of the customers just followed and solidifying the fact that it one of Penang true to taste Japanese restaurant and has true loyal Japanese and local followers. Kozue will be changing the menu items soon to better serve its customer's tastes.

Call +604-2269336 for reservations


  1. The food looks good. It's been a while since my last visit to Kozue...would love to drop by to try out other dishes too.

  2. Inaniwa Udon - this one caught my attention! :) Next round hopefully!


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